It is often said in these quarters that “Lots of (Guns + Stupid) = American Social Darwinism” — and that equation usually balances. We publish stories on it every day. But what happens when the guy scribbling said equation on the chalkboard encounters Non-Limiting Reactant “G?” About what you’d expect, actually.
On July 1st of this year, Idaho’s Republican state legislature jumped on the “guns everywhere” bandwagon, and opened the floodgates to allow guns to be carried anywhere in the state. This includes the Idaho State College campus — a move that most of the 14,000 students opposed, since ISU has long been one of the safest college campuses in the country. The debate over this law, particularly among the state’s college students, has been raging for the last two months.
Chemistry Professor Byron Bennett saw the need for steel though. Bennett is a smart guy, and well-respected in his field; he’s been a professor at the school since 2007, has 24 publications to his credit and has collaborated with 37 co-authors between 1995 and 2010. So, no community college hack, Prof. Bennett.
Yesterday, while giving a lecture on chemical reactions to a group of about 20 students, Bennett’s legally licensed concealed firearm experienced a reaction of its own. And before the Prof could write “2KNO3 + S + 3C = K2S + N2 + 3CO2” on the blackboard, a round came crashing out of the barrel of the concealed weapon and hit him right in the top of the foot.
It was said to be a “small-caliber semi-automatic” gun, which we’re guessing means a .22 pistol. The Prof. was taken to the hospital and treated for the hole in the top of his foot. He has declined comment, and authorities are unsure as of right now whether or not he’ll face misdemeanor charges for discharging a firearm within city limits. It’s possible, but the discharge was clearly accidental — and as of right now, nobody knows what caused the gun to go off. It was in his pocket, and not a holster, so it’s possible something in his pocket bumped the trigger.
One thing’s for sure, though: Idaho’s college students just learned one lesson on the limiting reactant in the “guns + simple human error” equation that they’ll never forget. And, really…isn’t this the perfect analog for American’s gun equation?
H/T: Daily Mail UK